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E-Notice 2002-06

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THIS IS E-NOTICE 2002-6 OF MAY 31, 2002

Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1. LAST CHANCE FOR ADVANCE TICKETS! Some tickets still remain for the 6/28/02 Golf Outing and the very unique 6/29/02 Surrattstock event. (We now have Surrattstock sign-ups from the Class of 57 to the Class of 03!) Also, there is still room for additional corporate and individual sponsors for the Golf Outing. Order forms are reprinted below and attached. If you havent already done so, please consider joining us for these outstanding (and fun!) fund raising events (and for the All Classes Ride leaving the School at 10 a.m. sharp on 6/30/02).

(Ive included below more complete info on the five main bands performing at Surrattstock, for those of you who might be interested in this kind of classic rock trivia.)

2. ... AND SPEAKING OF CLASSIC ROCK. I had the great pleasure last month of hearing one of the five Surrattstock bands, Union (also currently playing under one of its other Surratts era names, Straight Flush), play at a party at the still lovely Rod n Reel on the Bay at Chesapeake Beach. Those guys can still rock! And theyve got a great and varied repertoire. I snatched one of their business cards, and if you need a classic rock band for a party or event, I highly recommend calling Gary Hopkins (70) at 703-323-5523 or Tommy Maddox (72) at 410-257-0961 to see if theyre available. Also, listening to them run through their sets of so many great tunes really got me even more excited about hearing them and the other four bands from the golden era of live music at Surratts play at Surrattstock on 6/29.

Also, Buddy Laughlin sent me an email noting that DC Star, the Tuesday Boots and Butlers Orchard of its generation, has a reunion show scheduled in D.C. on June 8. Info is available at http://www.thunderdomeonline.com.

3. YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a limited number of 1991 and 1999 yearbooks available for purchase at $35 each. Please send me an email at hsmith@smithdowney.com if youd like to purchase one.

4. SEARCHING FOR RING INFORMATION. I recently received this interesting e-mail from Terry Forsythe (88): Hi Henry: I graduated from Surrattsville in 88, and my mom graduated from Surrattsville in 47. My question is, do you have any idea what the class rings looked like in 1947? My mom still has the ring part, but she said it used to have a stone that had a picture of the School on it. I would like to get it fixed for her, but I don't know anyone who has a ring or a picture of it. I would appreciate any help. Thanks, Terry Forsythe, terry@colorcrafters.com. Can anyone out there help Terry out with this question?

5. SEARCHING FOR LOST HORNET. Does anyone have any info on the whereabouts of Steve Keil (66) they can share with Pat Spence Cook (67), pattycakes101@msn.com?

6. SEARCHING FOR FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF. I got this great e-mail from former faculty member Brenda Karnes (who, incidentally, had the original idea for the Foundation): Hi Henry: For the next e-Notice, could you mention that several SHS retired staff met April 30th for lunch at Carroll's Creek restaurant in Annapolis? Former Principal, Millie Biedenkapp and her husband, Bill, enjoyed a wonderful three hours with Sharon Hilman, Marie Grouby, Dutch Anderson, Richard Mortimer, John and Evelyn Zier, Lois Witczak, Roberta Taylor and me. Everyone agreed that the lunch was so enjoyable that we'd like to meet more often and expand the group with as many SHS staff as possible. Please ask interested staffers to contact me at bckarn@aol.com if they would like to join the group. Best wishes, Brenda. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of former Surratts staffers, Ill bet Brenda would love to hear about it.

7. SURRATTS FAMILY CLOBBERED BY TORNADO. I received this e-mail from Todd Fong (80): Hello Henry: Could you pass the word for people to keep the Warren family in their prayers. The house of Jack and Janet Tew Warren (80) was destroyed in the worst tornado in Maryland history. Jack and Janet live in LaPlata where the storm came through directly. I have seen the town of LaPlata with my own eyes and it can only bring tears to your eyes to see what I believe is the worst form of destruction I have ever seen. Jack and Janet have three children, and all of them are safe and seem to be in good spirits. So could every one please keep the Warren family in your prayers and turn to the people that you love and tell them so. Thanks, Todd I know all of our thoughts and prayers are with the Warrens.

8. ... AND SURRATTS FAMILY INVOLVED IN LA PLATA TORNADO SAFETY EFFORTS. I also received this extraordinary report from the scene from Esthermay Brooks, wife of Bill Brooks (71): Dear Henry: The tornado that hit LaPlata was only about 20 miles from us. We are all a bit busy, but fine! Bill was working the night the tornado came through. He snapped a photo of it as it approached his police car! God truly was watching out for him that evening as the tornado turned about 25 yards in front of him and wiped out an entire street of Victorian Homes! He had to roll the windows down in his car because he could watch them move in and out from the pressure building up!

As you might imagine, knowing he was working and having been on the cell phone with him when the tornado was approaching him AND we lost contact with each other, I was not going to sit idly by as all our ambulances and fire equipment rushed to the scene! I was on the first ambulance out, after making sure the girls were safe and would be well cared for during the night (I knew it would be a long night!)... When we pulled into the shopping center parking lot...what was left of it...we saw a Police Officer/EMT that we all knew so we asked him about Bill! Fortunately for me, he knew exactly where Bill was AND that he was safe. Even though it took several more hours before we actually got in touch with each other it was comforting to know he was okay and doing his job.

We treated the walking wounded at the ambulance/triage area and stood in utter disbelief at the quaint little town that was not there anymore! TOTAL destruction! Houses totally leveled, a private school totally destroyed, a church with a front facade and no back classrooms, a market that was a town landmark reduced to a mere pile of rubble (but their sign was left standing intact!), an office building that was unrecognizable. We just could not believe what we were seeing and could not comprehend the stories we were hearing of escapes, with little or no injuries!

Our ambulance remained on the scene from 8 that night until 6 in the morning, when we were sent home, knowing we would return later. Bill worked 14 hours that night, went home, got 2 hours of sleep and has reported every day since for 12 hour shifts. I have been up to the town every day, pitching in where ever I am needed and doing whatever needs to be done. It is quite a challenge, but the volunteers and help from the community, the surrounding counties and as far away as Ocean City, MD have just been overwhelming! I've seen communities help each other out and neighbors help others but this has been powerful. NOT ONE incident of looting has been reported and the stores are all open to the elements and no one is "guarding" them. It has been amazing. Businesses have donated food, gloves, water, sodas, snacks, supplies, trucks, workers, you name it and it has been donated. Ministers of every faith have been here to comfort people of every faith, crossing boundaries not usually crossed. Awesome!

Over 400 buildings were hit and damaged. Of that 80 have been counted as totally destroyed, reduced that night to piles of lumber and concrete. At least 60 others have been condemned and the tally is rising. Today there were 5 more houses "found" to be leveled...then we did a search of them...to find all had survived!!! Only 2 lost their lives in the town of 6500! The girls and I did manual labor today in yards. Picking up rubble...someone's lifetime...and putting it into trash bags. The attitude of everyone we have come in contact with has been, "we are still alive," "we only lost 'things' and still have each other," "God has been so good to all of us." It has been quite an experience for the girls to have firsthand. I know many of you knew that Bill worked in the town and just wanted you to know all is well and he is safe...just extremely tired! ...Esthermay

(Esthermay also sent these interesting links to maps, photos and satellite images of the affected areas that might be of interest to those of you who are weather watchers:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NasaNews/2002/200205029304.html
http://homepage.mac.com/emdru/LaPlata
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NasaNews/2002/200205029304.html)

9. CONGRATULATIONS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS! I am delighted to announce the names of the following 2002 Surratts graduates who were awarded this years $500 Foundation General Fund Scholarships: Patrice Felton, Samara Cook, Andreka Thomas, and Joy Pemberton. In addition, Im delighted to announce that the winner of the Foundations Charles Waddell Memorial Scholarship, also in the amount of $500, is 2002 Surratts graduate Chantal Brown. Each of these young ladies had an extraordinary academic, extra-curricular and service resume, as well as very strong recommendations from numerous Surratts staffers. We wish them the best of luck with their college studies next fall!

10. AND CONGRATULATIONS ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS! Im also proud to announce the winners of the 2002 Foundation Achievement Awards. This year, both winners are alumni, and coincidentally both are from the great Class of 1976. The first winner, Mary Kucharski, was recognized for her outstanding work for the last eleven years as Executive Director of the Prince Georges County Christmas in April program, and before that with the Charles County Parks and Recreation Special Olympics. (You can learn more about the good work of Christmas in April at www.christmasinapril.org.)

The second winner, Gordon Hawkins, was recognized for his extraordinary achievements as one of the worlds top baritone opera singers. Gordon, who currently is on a tour of the major opera houses in Europe, has appeared in major roles at the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and other top opera venues around the world. You can read an interesting article about Gordon, which mentions his Clinton roots, in US OperaWeb magazine at www.usoperaweb.com/2002/jan/hawkins.htm. (Some of you may recall that Gordon, who was always a very talented musician, turned his focus strictly to opera after an injury ended his baseball playing days that were leading him from Surratts through the University of Maryland to a professional baseball career. Talk about well-rounded!)

We are proud to add the names of Mary and Gordon to the list of the Foundations Achievement Award winners, State Senate President Mike Miller (60), 39-year Building Superintendent Gerald Pickeral, and founder of the Foundations Memory Fund, Charlie Cooper (52). Congratulations Mary and Gordon!

8. COOL WEB SITES! Wayne Tatum (74) who, incidentally, is one of the Surrattstock performers sent in these cool web sites that some of you might want to take a look at, especially those of you who spent considerable time watching movies at the venerable, but paved-over, Ranch Drive-In. Thanks, Wayne!

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/driveins/md clinton ranch.htm
http://www.drive ins.com/detail.php?code=mdranc (Says Wayne: That second one was why they called it "The Raunch," I think.)
http://www.goblertoys.com/ (This is a parody of toys from the 60s)
http://home.texoma.net/~kgreg/ (Patio Culture... another 60s site.)

9. CLASS OF 77 ANNOUNCES REUNION. Mike Anderson (77), MAnder4136@aol.com, informs us that the Class of 77's 25 year reunion will be held on August 17. Please contact Mike if youd like more information.

10. STILL SEEKING COMPUTERS. Were still attempting to acquire computers and computer equipment for the School. Thanks to the efforts of Dan (71) and Darlene Dodson Bayne (75) and Jay Crisler (82), and the generosity of the Department of Health and Human Services, Premier Rides, and Smith & Downey, we so far have acquired 34 computer work stations for the School, but we still need about that many more to really bring the School into the 21st century, computer-wise. (Incidentally, Premier Rides donation of computers was made in memory of the late Doug Blohm (83), a friend of Jays.)

Would any of you have a line on any business or individual that would like to donate used computer equipment to the School?

p.s. Heres an interesting trivia item for you: Premier Rides designs roller coasters, and Jay was the engineer at Premier Rides who designed the big roller coaster at Six Flags in Largo, among others.

11. ROLLING THUNDER 2002 - REMEMBERING ROBERT EDWARD KNADLE (63). Although we never connected with one another in the massive crowds, a number of Hornets took part in Rolling Thunder 2002 to honor Americas veterans. I received this interesting email from Ray Kidwell (62),1ofakind@compuserve.com, just before the event: Dear Henry: On Sunday May 27, for the 15th year, over 500,000 motorcyclists, from all over the world (I met one who flew all the way from Australia to California and then rode his motorcycle from California) will converge on Washington for Rolling Thunder, the ORIGINAL event to remember the POW MIA of the Vietnam War (now for the POW MIA of all wars but particularly Vietnam). You have mentioned some of the Hornets who are taking part in this years remembrance. I hope all Hornets who can will take part as one of our own is on the wall. Lt. Robert Edward Knadle, Army Res. and Surratts Class of 1963 began his tour of duty January 27,1967 and was Killed In Action by small arms fire October 9, 1967 in Binh Dinh, South Vietnam at the age of 21 (10 days before his 22nd birthday). His name appears on Panel 27E Line 81. I hope all Hornets, along with displaying the American flag and POW MIA flag, will display Lt. Robert Knadle name also in some manner on their bikes. He was a fine student and a lot of fun to be around certainly one of Surrattsville's finest. He deserves our remembrance for his fine life and as one of over 58,000 who appear on the Wall who gave ALL. Thanks, Ray

I hope this finds you all well, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the events of June 28, 29 and 30!

Best regards, Henry Smith (71), hsmith@smithdowney.com

IN MEMORIAM

DOUGLAS REED MYERS, SR. (70) passed away on Friday May 10, 2002 at the age of 49. He is survived by his mother, Jean Windsor Myers (1947), his brother, John (Sunny) (1966), three
sisters, Gina, Shelley (1980 and Terry (1988), his wife Connie (1974), his four children Sandra (1990), Douglas Jr., John, Joe, and his two grandchildren Lauren and Amanda.

 

SURRATTSTOCK BANDS

UNION


Union is composed of members of a number of bands that played at Surratts during the Golden Age. The members of Union recall a Surratts Teen Club gig as their best-sounding gig ever. (Nothing like the home field jitters to bring out a particularly strong performance!) The bands fondest memory was being asked never to return to John Hansen Teen Club because of their vulgar lyrics to Louie, Louie, and being way too loud. Of course, the kids loved them, and they were asked back soon thereafter by popular demand!

The members of Union regrouped for Surrattstock, and played several gigs under one of their other names, Straight Flush, leading up to tonight to refresh their chops. (Contact them for bookings at 703-323-5523 or 410-257-0961.)

Band Members

- TOM MADDOX (72), guitar and vocals. Also played in Intersanctum Sound Experience, drummer in Big Boy, and various pick-up bands composed of most of the remaining members of the band. Currently plays in acoustic duo with his 21 year old son. Member of Symphonic Band at Surratts.

- BINGO WHITE (73), guitar and vocals. Also played in Intersanctum Sound Experience, Straight Flush.

- RICKY GAYLOR (72), bass. Also played in Intersanctum Sound Experience, Blue Max.

- REGGIE GRAHAM (72), drums and vocals. Also played in Intersanctum Sound Experience, Straight Flush.

- GARY HOPKINS (70), vocals and percussion. Also played in Cottonmouth, Common Scene, Straight Flush.

Surrattstock Tentative Song List

1. Living in the USA, Steve Miller Band
2. Evil Ways, Santana
3. I Gotta Line on You, Spirit
4. Born on the Bayou, Credence Clearwater Revival
5. House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
6. Brown Sugar, Rolling Stones
7. Cottage Cheese, Crow
8. Let it Ride, BTO
9. For What Its Worth, Buffalo Springfield
10. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry

BLUE SOUTHERN


Blue Southern was a rare Surratts band from the Golden Age that concentrated its repertoire in the Southern Rock genre. Blue Southerns members also played in a number of other bands that played at Surratts during the Golden Age. The members of Blue Southern recall shows at Charlie's in Annapolis and at "Beneath It All" under the Crazy Horse in Georgetown as particularly memorable gigs. And Blue Southern may be the only Surratts band to have ever been invited to perform at the massive July 4 celebration at the Washington Monument, which they did in 1980. How dare James Watt suggest that the 1980 July 4 celebration attracted an undesirable element!

Band Members

- JOE CAPONE (79), bass and vocals. Also played in Animal Show, J. W. Booth and The Hard Times Band (how about that for a Surratts band name!) and Fred. Member of Stage Band at Surratts.

- MARK SCHULTZ (76), guitar and vocals. Has played professionally since Surratts from the Florida Keys to Detroit, with Southern Legend (with the former drummer from Molly Hatchett, Bruce Crump), opening for Mother Mabel Carter, the Osborne Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Ventures, and BTO. Also payed with the Habits, the Whiskey Hollow Band, the Deanna Bogart Band, and the Louisiana Mud Bugs. Has jammed with Bruce Hornsby.

- DAVID HANBURY (77), guitar. Also played in Top Cat and many other bands.

- HAROLD SQUIRES, drums. (Husband of Terry Macoulin (77).)

Surrattstock Tentative Song List

1. Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly)
2. Can't You See (Marshall Tucker)
3. Whippin' Post (Allman Brothers Band)
4. Blue Sky (Allman Brothers Band)
5. Don't Want You No More (Allman Brothers Band)
6. Revival (Allman Brothers Band)
7. Fire (R.E.M.)
8. Europa (Santana)
9. Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
10. Call Me the Breeze (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
11. Tuesday's Gone With the Wind (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
12. Train Kept Rollin (Johnny Burnett)
13. Reelin' and Rockin' (Billy Price & The Keystone Rhythm Band)

CLINTON ALL STAR ORCHESTRA


The facetiously named C.A.S.O. was an actual band that performed, on a pick-up basis, in the D.C. area in the early 1970s, typically filling in on a last-minute basis for gigs that other Surratts bands had to cancel. Perhaps the opposite of another band on tonights bill, Butlers Orchard, C.A.S.O. was anything but polished, and played a repertoire of standards that all of the band members were likely to know or be able to play by ear, plus odd arrangements of current tunes that were campy enough to arrange on-the-spot. (On one storied occasion, C.A.S.O., having run out of material, was required to fill the last 20 minutes of the Bladensburg Jr. High Christmas Dance with an extended version of Brownsville Stations Smokin in the Boys Room, a situation that did not exactly go over big with the chaperones present.)

Tonight, C.A.S.O. will bring you (hopefully) smoother versions of some classic material from the Golden Age.

Several members of C.A.S.O. have continued to pursue a musical calling. For example, John Previti, bass, is one of the nations most accomplished and in-demand studio bassists, having recorded with the likes of Danny Gatton, Nils Lofgren and Paul Simon. Neal Dawson, keyboards and vocals, is very active in the dynamic club music scene in Memphis. Ray Gibb has played in a number of professional bands since Surratts, and currently is an in-demand studio guitarist in Houston. Henry Smith, guitar and vocals, played recently with ClassicPOP, a band with a repertoire concentrating on, naturally, classic pop songs of the 60s, and in the Janis Joplin tribute band, Pearl.

Band Members

- KAREN KENDRICK (73), keyboards and vocals. Member of Girls Glee Club, Surratts Singers and Concert Choir at Surratts.

- SANDRA GIBSON (03), vocals. Member of Band, Rhythm and Blues Ensemble and Chorus at Surratts.

- JUDY NASH (Thomas Stone 79), vocals. (Also played in Nash Rambler.)

- NEAL DAWSON (73), keyboards and vocals (Also played in Epicurean Household, Maiden Voyage, Winthrop Savage, The Last Psalm, Cindy Astin and Country Thunder, and Greywolfe. At Surratts, member of Mens Choir, Surratts Singers, Concert Choir (President), leading man in Brigadoon.)

- RAY GIBB (72), guitar and vocals (Also played in High Roller, The Fox Chase Band, Nash Rambler, Acephalous and the very popular Houston, Texas band, The Generators (who opened for Junior Wells, LouAnn Barton, The Pallidins, Johnny Reno, Kansas, and who were complimented backstage by Billy Gibbons of ZZTop!). While at the University of Wisconsin, played with Mike Mihlbauer (Surratts 71, and former member of Acephalous) in the jazz/funk/rock fusion band Heartwood.

- ROGER OWENS (73), guitar and vocals. Also played in Acephalous, Butlers Orchard, Maiden Voyage, High Roller, Big Boy, Rip Tide, and The Fox Chase Band. Member of Mens Choir, Surratts Singers, Concert Choir, and appeared in Brigadoon at Surratts.

- JOHN PREVITI (72), bass (Also played in Butlers Orchard, Summer, Nash Rambler, Big Boy and Blu Horizon (the first Surratts-based jazz fusion band). Renowned session bassist, having played with the likes of Danny Gatton, Paul Simon, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Byrd, Buddy Emmons, and Doc Cheatham. At Surratts, member of Stage Band, and played in Matchmaker and the lead comic role in Brigadoon.)

- HENRY SMITH (71), guitar and vocals (Also played in Crusader Rabbit, Summer, Pearl and ClassicPOP. Trumpet student of Richard Mortimer at Tanglewood Elementary.)

DAVE DANIELSON (73), drums, percussion and vocals. (Also played in Electric Pudd'n, Butlers Orchard and other garage bands. Was a high school band director for 6 years out of college and played clubs and weddings in New Jersey during the 80s and 90s. At Surratts, member of Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Men's Chorus, Surratts Singers,
appeared in "Brigadoon," and "L'il Abner".)

- MIKE MELLO (Bishop McNamara, 71, drums and percussion (Also played in Acephalous, High Roller, Big Boy, Acephalous, Butlers Orchard, The Fox Chase Band, and Nash Rambler. Currently plays in Old But Not Cold. In marching band and symphonic band at Bishop MacNamara, and in symphonic band at Prince Georges Community College. Brandywine Drum Corps and taught drum corps from 1971 - 1975.

- DON STAPLESON (72), tenor saxophone. (Also played in Butlers Orchard and Blu Horizon.)

- WAYNE TATUM (74), trombone, percussion and vocals. (Also played in Summer. At Surratts, member of Marching, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Mens Chorus, Concert Choir, Surratts Singers, appeared in Brigadoon, Lil Abner and Anything Goes, and traces his musical roots to the Surrattsville Junior High bands, the Junior Highs production of Oliver, and the Crestview Elementary School Band under Director Colonel Paul Weckesser.)

- DAVE SEYLER (73), trumpet. Also played in Blu Horizon, other Clinton area garage bands. At Surratsville, was in Symphonic Band, Stage Band and Marching Band, and represented school at the Maryland All State Band. Played in the pit orchestra for Guys and Dolls and Brigadoon, and performed on stage in L'il Abner and The Matchmaker. Taught band for four years, and played with various groups in the D.C. club and wedding circuit.

Surrattstock Tentative Song List

1. Magical Mystery Tour, Beatles
2. A Day in the Life, Beatles
3. Dixie Chicken, Little Feat
4. More Than a Feelin, Boston
5. Peace of Mind, Boston
6. Lets Get Together, The Youngbloods

7. Growin Up, Bruce Springsteen
8. Its Too Late, Carol King
9. New Kid in Town, The Eagles
10. Youve Got Your Troubles, The Fortunes

11. Midnight Confessions, The Grass Roots

OBNC (OLD BUT NOT COLD)

Old But Not Cold is unique among tonights performers in that it is a current professional band composed of former Surratts musicians. OBNC is composed of members of a number of much-loved bands that played at Surratts during the Golden Age of live music at Surratts (roughly 1960-1980). These bands included Big Boy, United Orange, Mystic Blue, Butlers Orchard, Nash Rambler, and a host of others.

Band Members

- RICHARD CLIFTON (72), guitar and vocals.

- ROGER OWENS (73), guitar and vocals. Also played in Acephalous, Butlers Orchard, Maiden Voyage, High Roller, Big Boy, Rip Tide, and The Fox Chase Band. Member of Mens Choir, Surratts Singers, Concert Choir, and appeared in Brigadoon at Surratts.

- KEN BEACH (70), vocals and percussion.

- RON BEACH (71), vocals and percussion. Also played in Big Boy.

- MIKE MELLO (Bishop McNamara, 71, drums and percussion (Also played in Acephalous, High Roller, Big Boy, Acephalous, Butlers Orchard, The Fox Chase Band, and Nash Rambler. Currently plays in Old But Not Cold. In marching band and symphonic band at Bishop MacNamara, and in symphonic band at Prince Georges Community College. Brandywine Drum Corps and taught drum corps from 1971 - 1975.

- JIM HUSEN, bass.

Surrattstock Tentative Song List

1. Come Together The Beatles
2. Sunshine of Your Love Cream
3. Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top
4. Someday, Someway Marshall Crenshaw
5. Space Cowboy Steve Miller Band
6. We Gotta Get Out of This Place The Animals
7. My Generation The Who
8. Something The Beatles
9. Margaritaville Jimmy Buffet
10. Black Magic Woman Santana
11. Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin
12. Best of My Love The Eagles

13. Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
14. Honkey Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
15. Travelin Band Creedence Clearwater Revival
16. Who'll Stop The Rain Creedence Clearwater Revival

BUTLERS ORCHARD

One of the finest bands in the D.C. area during the early 1970s, Butlers Orchard was the Tuesday Boots of its generation. That is, it was a highly polished band composed of highly trained and skilled musicians that played extremely challenging and eclectic material, while offering a very strong stage presence.

Butlers Orchard may have been the only amateur band of the era that could perform note-perfect versions of material as diverse as Jethro Tulls Cross-Eyed Mary and Three Dog Nights Celebrate. Both their instrumental and vocal arrangements were in a class by themselves for the time period. We are particularly fortunate tonight to have the complete, original line-up of Butlers Orchard performing for us.

Several members of Butlers Orchard have continued to pursue a musical calling. John Previti, bass, is one of the nations most accomplished and end-demand studio bassists, having recorded with the likes of Danny Gatton, Nils Lofgren and Paul Simon. Neal Dawson, guitar and vocals, is very active in the dynamic club music scene in Memphis.

Band Members

- NEAL DAWSON (73), guitar and vocals (Also played in Epicurean Household, Maiden Voyage, Winthrop Savage, The Last Psalm, Cindy Astin and Country Thunder, and Greywolfe. At Surratts, member of Mens Choir, Surratts Singers, Concert Choir (President), leading man in Brigadoon.)

- RAY GIBB (72), guitar and vocals (Also played in High Roller, The Fox Chase Band, Nash Rambler, Acephalous and the very popular Houston, Texas band, The Generators (who opened for Junior Wells, LouAnn Barton, The Pallidins, Johnny Reno, Kansas, and who were complimented backstage by Billy Gibbons of ZZTop!). While at the University of Wisconsin, played with Mike Mihlbauer (Surratts 71, and former member of Acephalous) in the jazz/funk/rock fusion band Heartwood.

- ROGER OWENS (73), guitar and vocals. Also played in Acephalous, Butlers Orchard, Maiden Voyage, High Roller, Big Boy, Rip Tide, and The Fox Chase Band, and currently plays in Old But Not Cold. Member of Mens Choir, Surratts Singers, Concert Choir, and appeared in Brigadoon at Surratts.


- JOHN PREVITI (72), bass. (Also played in Butlers Orchard, Summer, Nash Rambler, Big Boy and Blu Horizon (the first Surratts-based jazz fusion band). Renowned session bassist, having played with the likes of Danny Gatton, Paul Simon, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Byrd, Buddy Emmons, and Doc Cheatham. At Surratts, member of Stage Band, and played in Matchmaker and the lead comic role in Brigadoon.)

- BILL SMITH (73), keyboards, harmonica, guitar and vocals (Also played in Electric Puddn, Spring Fever, Summer.)

- MIKE MELLO (Bishop McNamara, 71, drums and percussion (Also played in Acephalous, High Roller, Big Boy, Acephalous, Butlers Orchard, The Fox Chase Band, and Nash Rambler. Currently plays in Old But Not Cold. In marching band and symphonic band at Bishop MacNamara, and in symphonic band at Prince Georges Community College. Brandywine Drum Corps and taught drum corps from 1971 - 1975.

- DON STAPLESON (72), tenor saxophone and flute (Also played in Blu Horizon.)

Surrattstock Tentative Song List

1. Day Tripper
2. Nowhere Man
3. Rock 'n Roll Woman
4. Ohio
5. Aqualung
6. Cross Eyed Mary
7. Locomotive Breath/Hymm 43?
8. Cinnamon Girl
9. When You Dance (You Can Really Love)
10. 40,000 Headmen
11. Feelin' Alright?
12. Theme for an Imaginary Western
13. Dark Eyed Woman
14. Cold Rain & Snow
15. Think for Yourself
16. Mississippi Queen
17. Under My Thumb
18. Badge
19. Celebrate
20. I Feel Fine

 

 



 

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